boys, ages 2 and 5, and today her long-time partner, peter wu, came up to the podium and said that he made a pledge that their two sons would never forget what a wonderful woman their mother was. reporting live in san jose, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. the messages inside that arena were powerful, but so is the scene outside. from santa cruz to san jose, thousands of people on the ground and even the police helicopters flying in formation. it's not often we see something like this. let's bring in kimberly tere who continues our coverage this evening from los gatos. >> reporter: raj, this is highway 17, the main corridor between santa cruz and the south bay. we saw law enforcement from the santa cruz area along with many other mourners head back over the hill about an hour and a half ago. the patrol cars had their lights on, but the highway was not shut down like it was during today's procession.